Napkin – say it with a picture and skip the 1,000 words.

Sometimes explaining something with an email or instant message is frustrating and slow. Miscommunication costs time and money. Use Napkin to effortlessly create an image that makes your point crystal clear. Simply start by importing images or screenshots. Sketch and type to create beautiful annotations and markup. When you are done creating, share your result quickly with the sharing menu or our simple drag and drop export from the toolbar.

Napkin is designed to be easy to learn and efficient to use. Our innovative user interface dispenses with the need for complicated tools and lets you just scribble directly on the canvas to create annotations and markup. Designers, product managers, software developers, artists, photographers, journalists, educators and anyone who needs to annotate and markup images quickly will find Napkin makes their work easier.

Napkin has been the recipient of many high profile awards and accolades such as the Mac App Store Editor’s Choice and Best of 2013 as well as the Mac App of the Year from iMore.

A few of the countless applications happy users have found for Napkin include:

• Markup a screenshot
• Call attention to a detail in a photo
• Comment on a graphic design
• Create a visual tutorial
• Report a bug
• Enhance a presentation
• Caption an image
• Create a visual specification
• Annotate a map
• Create marketing materials for apps and web sites
• Provide a visual aid for tech support

No Tools Required
Napkin's unique scribbling interface makes it a breeze to quickly communicate your ideas without a cumbersome tool-based interface. Markup your images with text, shapes and arrows in seconds by just drawing or typing. Napkin gets out of your way, letting you construct your message in a natural and fluid process.

Get the Images You Need
Place and arrange any number of bitmap images or photos on your napkin. Need a quick screenshot or still from your laptop camera? We have the features to quickly import the content you need.

Call-Out the Details
Napkin's innovative Call-Out allow you to emphasize precise elements of images. Just focus the Call-Out on a portion of an image and it magnifies the content you want to highlight like magic.

Stay Discreet
Dying to share that message but don't want to broadcast that account number? Napkin allows you to quickly redact areas of an image you need to keep private. Choose from Black-out for the most secure redaction, Pixelate to obscure text with a more pleasing style and Blur to obscure photographic elements.

Crop Away the Excess
Napkin lets you crop away parts of an image, photo or screenshot you don’t need. Make your point easier to follow be removing the unnecessary visual noise.

Dress It Up
Napkin excels at creating markup with zero friction. Our default styles look great and require no fussing about. Like to fiddle and finesse the look anyway? We still have you covered. Add decorative frames to images and text. Style your text with the rich type controls Mac users expect. Control the color, fill and borders of shapes, arrows and lines. Use our fun textured background, or simply go with white or transparent as desired.

Share Everywhere
Napkin makes it a snap to share your creation with others. Mail, Messages, Twitter and Facebook are all supported. Our inventive File Pip in the toolbar makes creating an image file snapshot of your work as easy as drag and drop.

Built for OS X Yosemite
Napkin supports all the great features of Yosemite including an updated look to match the new look and style. All your favorite apps that support share extensions will appear in the sharing menu. iCloud Drive is fully integrated.

Help Included
Napkin has a built in tutorial system that guides you through the interface and options available without getting in your way. There are also easy to access video tutorials for common actions and links to online support.

What’s New

Version 1.5.3

Fixes an issue with decorative frame rendering around text boxes.
Tweaks to better adopt the look & feel of El Capitan.
Enables App Transport Security on El Capitan.
Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
RandyCrawford ,

Works well doing only a few things

Napkin does a good job of capturing and minimally annotating the capture. It has a very limited range of features however. The one standout feature it has is the call-out, but you can easily duplicate that feature in other screen capture software by zooming the screen and using a circular capture. Given the few features and comparatively high price, it is a poor value. I used Voila for years and now Capto. It is vastly superiour to Napkin with a large range of features and adjustments for each feature (i.e. line width, dual tip arrow, arrow head shape, rectanges, ovals, circles, DropBox synch, etc - you get the idea). Not to mention, Capto will record screen activity into a movie. Capto will crash from time to time, and I’m always looking for someting perfect so I try stuff like Napkin when I see it. So, my recommendation is skip Napkin and check out the competition - you’ll find a better product.

liamrp ,


No updates since 2015 and no replies from the developers. Look elsewhere if you are thinking of purchasing this.

dalahäst ,

Once quite handy; made unusable by a lack of updates

Napkin was quite useful and well worth the money when it was new. Unfortunately, as macOS has evolved and Napkin has not, it is now buggy and difficult to use. The feature to edit and redact images was really convenient when it was first added—now, activating it forces you to quit and lose your work because the “done” button never appears.


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5.4 MB
OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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